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On Op-Eds

And on the morning of July 3, 2018, without looking, tell me which league in MLB has the most teams with 50 or more wins?

The past few months, the Chron Opinions page has given some ink to a few Op-Eds by a Roy R. Reynolds. Commentary doesn’t know who this fella is. He doesn’t think much of the Dem Party in the Lone Star State and he doesn’t think much of Cong. Beto O’Rourke chances in November and has even taken a few shots at Beto like this:

Even O’Rourke, the El Paso congressman and newly-anointed fair prince of the Democrats, has said his party leaders don’t understand Texas.

Fair prince?

And this from a more recent Op-Ed

Of course, no discussion of the Texas Democratic contingents this year is complete without mentioning U.S. Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke. He’s the one with the great hair, visits to every Texas county and, ultimately, the subject of multiple future “why didn’t he win?” analyses.

Great hair?

Why does he have to go that silly personal route? I wonder if he has ever been to a Beto event. Beto draws good crowds. Better than Sen. Ted Cruz’s events, I bet. Folks aren’t showing up to Beto’s event because he’s a “newly-anointed fair prince” or has “great hair.” It has to do with issues and where our country is headed.   And maybe there is a little charisma factor in there.

I really don’t think that Beto has raised millions of dollars more in contributions than Sen. Cruz because he is a “fair prince” or has “great hair.” That’s not why folks are giving their hard-earned money to Beto.   Show a little bit of respect to Beto, his campaign, and supporters.

This Reynolds fella also said this in a previous Op-Ed:

The pundits who claim Texas will save the day for Democrats in Washington, or even that it will turn a paler shade of red, just don’t understand Texas and the state’s constituents.

Which constituents is he talking about? The ones who were marching throughout the state this past Saturday? The ones who still are not insured?   The ones who are frustrated that state government won’t properly fund public education and bring down the cost of higher education? Or the ones who think bathroom bills are not public policy priorities?

I get putting out Op-Eds based on election results of the past. But put some meat on the bones of these Op-Eds with some facts and acknowledge that Texas is a little bit more complex.

Here is his latest Chron Op-Ed: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/opinion/outlook/article/In-Fort-Worth-Democrats-celebrated-ennui-13042102.php?src=hp_totn.

The Trib has a piece today on #AbolishICE. Here is a part:

Other prominent Texas Democrats are enthusiastically showing their support for abolishing the controversial agency. State Sen. Sylvia Garcia, the presumptive next congresswomen from the 29th District, led an “Abolish ICE!” chant over the weekend at a rally in Houston, flanked by two large red-and-black banners bearing the phrase. At least one other elected official at the rally, state Rep. Carol Alvarado, chanted along with Garcia.

Even before the confluence of events last week, some high-profile Texas Democrats were voicing deep apprehension about ICE as it currently exists. Among them was Julián Castro, the former U.S. housing secretary and San Antonio mayor.

“I think that ICE, the way that we know it now, should not go on — that in the least, it needs significant reform,” Castro told reporters last month at the Texas Democratic Party convention in Fort Worth, according to the Texas Observer.

Here is the entire Trib read: https://www.texastribune.org/2018/07/02/texas-democrats-abolish-ice/.

Remember when Donald Trump said this last week after the Capital Gazette journalists were murdered:

“Journalists, like all Americans, should be free from the fear of being violently attacked while doing their job.”

And this:

“There are no words to express our sorrow.”

I didn’t believe it, but I didn’t want to comment out of respect.

Trump not giving the Ok to a request by the Mayor of Annapolis to fly the flag at half-staff says it all.

The corrupt EPA Administrator was confronted at an eatery yesterday. Good.

The AL of course has four teams with 50 or more wins this season: Red Sox at 57-29, Yankees at 54-28, ‘Stros at 55-31, and Mariners at 54-31. The ATL and Brewers are the best of the NL with 49 wins each.

Jose Altuve is the top vote getter to date in MLB All Star Game voting. This honor usually goes to the best and most popular player in MLB. How about that?

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